firing technique where the flames create unpredictable coloring and patterning on the clay body by reacting with both the clay and its glaze; completed by either dipping the still-hot pieces into water (does not break because the clay usually contains high amounts of grog
and has a high-fire
clay body), or "reducing
" the pieces with smoke to create an unpredictable blackening of the body.
Technically speaking, what is often referred to as Raku
is actually a technique called American flash firing
, a technique pioneered by Paul Soldner
in the 60's.
is any earthenware produced by the Raku family